In the fourth century before our era, the Greeks founded the fortified city of Olbia, the name meaning "blissful". In fact, the archaeological site of Olbia is the only site of its kind still visible on the Mediterranean coast.
This ancient maritime trade centre boasts several and Roman and Greek ruins. This major site features spas, shops, shrines and homes.
Down through the ages, the site had many other functions. Indeed, the remnants of the Saint-Pierre-de-Almanarre medieval abbey have also been unearthed here.
The harbour in Hyères looks out onto the Mediterranean, and is a pleasant spot to explore. Numerous sailing boats of varying sizes sit in this sheltered basin. The village is popular place for visiting sailors to stop and explore, along with the Giens promontory and the îles D'Or.
The port plays an important role in this pretty town on the côte d'Azur. Head to the harbour for a stroll among the boats or enjoy a drink at a cafe and watch the world go by.
Upon the death of Olbius Hippolyte Antoine Riquier in 1868, the town of Hyères took possession of the Clos Riquier.
In 1872, in partnership with the Jardin d'acclimatation in Paris at the time, the site was transformed into a real acclimatisation garden, where new species were introduced and acclimatised to the local conditions.
The garden now contains all kinds of Mediterranean plants and palm trees, as well as exotic plants and animals, on a 7 hectare space. There are some very rare plants to discover here.
The Church of St Louis in Hyères was part of the old convent Cordeliers. It's a perfect example of the transition between Romanesque architecture and Provençale architecture. The façade of the Church of St Louis has a central door and two lateral doors.
The central doorway is surmounted by a monumental window rose and the cornice of the building is Romanesque in style.
The Port-Cros National Park extends from Port-Cros island facing Hyères. Comprising of the islands of Porquerolles, Begaud and the Gabinière islets as well as Cape Lardier, this park is distinguished by its natural wealth.
Over land and sea, visitors will be dazzled by the unspoilt nature typical of Mediterranean shores. With over 700 specimens, the flora includes some rare and endemic species. Walk the trails from island to island, and marvel at the mountainous scenery.
What better way to round off the outing than a dip in the azure waters of the Mediterranean?